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Family teach children to save lives after son died 'from a single punch'

He died from a single punch. Promising footballer Connor Saunders died after a fight in Rottingdean, near Brighton, two years ago.

Today his family held an assembly at a local school telling pupils the lessons they've learned. The Connor Saunders Foundation hopes to provide a legacy for youngsters, teaching them to save lives rather than take them.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Darran Saunders and Courtney Saunders-Jones.

Healthcare 'plunged back into dark ages'

Antibiotics have saved millions of lives since they were discovered eighty years ago. But experts say overuse of the drugs is threatening to plunge healthcare back into the dark ages. Now, NHS bosses in Sussex are urging health workers and the public to think twice before using antibiotics, to help prevent infections becoming immune to them. Malcolm Shaw reports.


Oxford Ebola vaccine trials continue progression at speed

The 60th and last healthy volunteer will receive the Ebola vaccine in a trial carried out by the University of Oxford today.

The first volunteer in the UK trial at Oxford University was vaccinated on September 17, two weeks after the first volunteer in the USA. This allowed further trials in Mali and then Switzerland to begin shortly afterwards in October.

Almost 200 people have received a candidate Ebola vaccine in little more than two months in safety trials carried out in the USA, UK, Mali and Switzerland.

If the safety and immunogenicity data from the Phase 1 trials are promising, the expectation is that the vaccine will move into the next phases of study to further evaluate safety as well as effectiveness in protecting against Ebola infection in African countries.

The Oxford trial is being funded under a £2.8 million grant from the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council and the UK Department for International Development.

Professor Adrian Hill of the Jenner Institute at Oxford University, who is leading the Oxford trial, said: "The response we have seen from people coming forward to take part has been remarkable."

Southampton hospital patients asked for feedback

University Hospital Southampton Trust will be inspected next month Credit: ITV News

England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Sir Mike Richards, is asking patients for feedback on the care that they've received at services run by University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust.

The views and experiences given will help inspectors decide what to focus on when they examine the trust next month. It will be given an overall rating as a result of the inspection.

Members of the public will be given a chance to say what improvements they would like to see in the future at the special listening event at the Dolphin Hotel (December 9).

The Chief Inspector announced last year that he will lead significantly larger inspection teams than before, headed up by clinical and non-clinical experts, including trained members of the public.

'Dry January' alcohol abstinence has year-round benefits

'Dry January' participants reported losing weight, sleeping better and saving money Credit: PA

Giving up alcohol during January leads to a reduction in harmful drinking for the rest of the year, according to research by the University of Sussex.

People taking part in Alcohol Concern's 'Dry January' campaign drink alcohol less regularly and don't get as drunk after taking part in the month-long abstinence.

Health expert Dr. Richard de Visser found that six months after giving up booze as part of the campaign, 72% of participants had maintained lower levels of harmful drinking.

Nearly four-fifths reported that they had saved money thanks to 'Dry January' and almost half say they had lost weight. 62% found that they were sleeping better after a month without alcohol.

National charity Alcohol Concern says that 9.6 million people in England drink more than the recommended daily limit.

"What's really interesting is that these changes in alcohol consumption were also seen in the participants who didn't complete the whole month alcohol free"

– Dr Richard de Visser, University of Sussex


Parents step up fight to keep heart surgery unit

The last review into the future of children's heart surgery took four years and cost £6m. But all that time, money and effort was wasted when the decision was overturned and a new inquiry announced. Its aim - to create a system where centres of expertise give babies and children the best possible outcomes.

Now, the same arguments are being rehearsed all over again - and there's renewed anguish and uncertainty for parents as units across the country fight for their long term survival. A joint service run by Southampton General Hospital and the John Radcliffe in Oxford was recently found to have the highest survival rates in the country. Yet that doesn't stop question marks remaining over its future, as Christine Alsford reports.

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Fears over future of children's heart unit, again

The specialist service sees more than 10,000 patients a year

Members of the public are being urged to keep up the pressure in order to save a children's heart unit in Hampshire.

NHS England is holding public consultations over the future of ten specialist surgical centres around the country - including the paediatric cardiac service at Southampton Children's Hospital.

The unit had previously been spared closure in 2012, after plans to create fewer, larger centres were suspended in Parliament.

During the original review process, Southampton was rated as the second-highest performing children's heart surgery centre in England. The unit also had the best survival rate of the ten centres under review - at 98.5%.

More than 10,000 patients visit the hospital each year, which also has support services in Oxford.

Experts and campaigners say heart surgery units must remain. Dr. Kevin Roman is a Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist:

Mother from Brighton pleads for stem cell donor

An international search is under way to find a blood stem cell donor for a Nikki Braterman from Brighton, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in December last year.

The mother of two is undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy but doctors say she is likely to need blood stem cell donation to save her life.

Nikki is of Anglo-Burmese and Irish heritage, so any matching donors may not necessarily live in the UK. Her search is being supported by Delete Blood Cancer UK, which is appealing for anyone with a similar heritage to join the UK Stem Cell Registry.

I have two young children and everything to live for, and I want to see them grow up. I know that in the long term the best hope for me is a successful bone marrow stem cell transplant, but we have yet to find the perfectly matched donor.

Because of my own ethnic background my donor is most likely to be somebody with a South/East Asian and European heritage. However, I encourage everyone who can to register, whatever their ethnic background, because even if they can't help me you could save somebody else's life. I know my donor is out there somewhere.

– Nikki Braterman

Oxfam sends emergency equipment to tackle Ebola crisis

The loading of 40 tonnes of emergency equipment to help stop the spread of Ebola in Liberia has taken place this morning at the Oxfam emergency warehouse in Bicester, Oxfordshire.

Some £227,000 worth of water and sanitation equipment, including a drilling rig, generator, water tanks, pipes, taps and buckets, will be sent over to the country.

The aid will be vital in providing clean water and sanitation for people in Liberia and tomorrow will be sending a similar amount of aid to Sierra Leone where the crisis is getting worse.

People desperately need clean water. Clean water keeps people alive and it will help stop the spread of this horrendous disease. We're winning the battle against Ebola in Liberia but we are far from winning the war.

– Oxfam spokesman
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